OKNA press release on Hazelnut Grove discussions

Overlook Neighborhood Association on Tuesday issued the following press release regarding negotiations between the neighborhood, the city and the Hazelnut Grove homeless camp:

For Immediate Release

Mayor Hales and Hazelnut Grove abandon permit negotiations;
Overlook Neighborhood renews call to end illegal camping

Mayor Charlie Hales and the Hazelnut Grove Homeless Camp have withdrawn from discussions with the Overlook Neighborhood Association (OKNA) about the future of Hazelnut Grove. What had been a productive process moving toward a temporary permit that would officially sanction the camp has halted. Until Hales and Hazelnut Grove leaders return to the table, OKNA renews its request that the City of Portland shut down this illegal, unsafe and unhealthy homeless camp. Continue reading

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 11)

1) Draft Portland Harbor cleanup (June 21)
2) Drinking Water Quality Report
3) Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (June 13)
4) Comprehensive Plan update
5) Tickets on sale for Tour de Hives (June 25-26)
6) Free fitness programs in Portland Parks
7) North Portland air quality monitoring session (June 20)

1) Draft Portland Harbor cleanup (June 21)

The Environmental Protection Agency this week announced its draft plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, an industrial waterway covering approximately 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River, from Broadway Bridge to the Columbia Slough. EPA proposes to dredge and cap the most contaminated sediment throughout the 10-mile stretch of the Lower Willamette, in areas where concentrations pose the highest risk to people, fish, and wildlife.

HarborForumOther, less contaminated areas will be monitored and allowed to recover naturally. At the end of construction, EPA estimates that cancer and other serious risks posed by contamination will be greatly reduced – in many places up to 100 times lower than it is now. Natural recovery will further reduce these risks to levels deemed acceptable under Superfund and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality cleanup programs, but will not eliminate all risks. Active cleanup work under the selected Alternative I is estimated to take seven years and cost approximately $750 million.

Release of the proposed cleanup plan starts a 60-day public comment period, which EPA extended from the required 30 days in response to public requests for a longer comment period. The public is encouraged to provide formal comments on the plan to EPA by August 8, either in person at public meetings, online or in writing.

Four public meetings will be held in and around Portland where EPA will explain the Proposed Plan and where public comments will be accepted and recorded. These public meetings are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • Friday, June 24, 11:30-8, City of Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave.
  • Wednesday, June 29, 11:30-8, EXPO Center, 2060 N Marine Dr.
  • Monday, July 11, 11:30-8, University Place Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 11:30-8, Ambridge Center, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

EPA will offer two presentations on the proposed plan during each public meeting at noon and 6 p.m.

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group also will host a public forum about the plan Tuesday, June 21, 7-9 p.m. at Harriet Tubman School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

2) Drinking Water Quality Report

This week, the Portland Water Bureau published its 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report. As the largest water provider in Oregon, the Water Bureau delivers drinking water to nearly 1 million people in the region.

This federally-required report explains our system in detail, including a system map, notes about water treatment, naturally-occurring elements in our water, water quality measurements like turbidity and lead, and more.

3) Neighborhood Emergency Team meeting (June 13)

Join the Overlook/Humboldt Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) at Lucky Lab on N Killingsworth for the bimonthly meeting. The agenda will focus primarily on three things:

  • National Night Out planning (for August 5th or thereabouts),
  • Scenario Village trainings; and,
  • The calendar for 2016-17

NET meeting
Monday, June 13, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St.)

4) Comprehensive Plan update

The City of Portland is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a long-range 20-year plan that sets the framework for the physical development of the city. Portland originally developed its Comprehensive Plan in 1980, and periodic updates of the plan are mandated by the State of Oregon.

City Council’s final vote to adopt the 2035 Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2-3 p.m.

The North Portland Land Use Group (NPLUG), which is composed of the land use committees of the 11 neighborhood associations in North Portland and the North Portland Chairs Network suggested several amendments to the plan. Council approved most of them. Click here to see the complete list.

5) Tickets on sale for Tour de Hives (June 25-26)

tour_de_hives_2016_flatCurious about urban beekeeping? Take the Tour de Hives, a self-guided tour of backyard apiaries and bee trees (new this year) in and around Portland. The event expands to two days this year so that participants can see more. Saturday, June 25 will feature locations in North and Northeast Portland. Sunday will feature location in Southeast Portland. Tickets are on sale now ($10 general admission, $5 seniors and students).

If you would like to “Host” and have your apiary featured as a location on the tour, visit their website.

Tour de Hives
June 25-26, 1-4 p.m. both days

6) Free fitness programs in Portland Parks

Portland Parks & Recreation is launching a free, 12-week outdoor Fitness in the Parks program running from June 13 through Sept. 4. There will be 45 free classes each week in 30 parks throughout the city.

The full schedule can be found on Portland Parks & Recreation’s website.

Registration is free, and is available online in advance or in-person at any of the classes. Participants will only need to register once, and will be given a bracelet that will allow them to drop in to any class all summer long. The program includes family fitness and youth-focused classes in addition to more typical adult fitness classes.  A number of PP&R instructors speak Spanish, and upon request will incorporate bilingual instruction into their classes.

Fitness in the Parks is a pilot program, funded through a City of Portland Innovation Fund Grant. PP&R created the endeavor to reduce barriers, build community, and improve the health and well-being of Portlanders.

7) North Portland air quality monitoring session (June 20)

Beginning in 2014, the Legislature funded the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to conduct air quality monitoring in North Portland. The monitoring resources included:  meteorology stations to provide information regarding temperature, wind direction and speed; a full spectrum air toxics monitor capable of detecting a wide range of toxic pollutants; and a particulate monitor to detect levels of metals at concentrations above health benchmarks. Data was collected from late 2014 through early 2016, with the goal of providing a year’s worth of air samples and weather information to provide a comprehensive look at air quality in the Swan Island area.

State Rep. Tina Kotek will host a community meeting to discuss the results of the air quality monitoring. A summary of the project results is available online.

North Portland air quality meeting
Monday, June 20, 7 p.m.
Buckley Auditorium, University of Portland

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (June 4)

1. Learn your carbon footprint (June 18)
2. OKNA board meeting (June 7)
3. Take your kitty on a spaycation (June 6-10)
4. Show off your catio
5. Peninsula Pool to open June 14

1. Learn your carbon footprint (June 18)

How much carbon are you personally putting into the air? Figure out what your carbon footprint is (individual or household) at the upcoming free workshop presented by Sustainable Overlook: My Basic Carbon Footprint.

Gather and bring five pieces of information to the workshop. All of the electricity, natural gas and heating oil consumption figures can be gotten from your utility.

  1. 12 months total of electricity used
    • PGE Customer Service: 800-542-8818
    • Pacific Power Customer Service: 888-221-707
  2. 12 months total of natural gas consumed (if gas heat) or 12 months total of heating oil consumed (if oil heat)
    • Northwest Natural Customer Service: 800-422-401
  3. 12 months total auto miles traveled (each car)
  4. Automobile gas mileage (each car)
  5. 12 months total air miles travelled

To register, email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

2. OKNA board meeting (June 7)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday at the Historic Overlook House. The board will discuss topics for upcoming general meetings, how to handle candidates who want to present and more.

OKNA board meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, June 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

3. Take your kitty on a spaycation (June 6-10)

SpaycationThe Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland will offer free cat spay/neuter services next week for families who qualify. Low-cost vaccine packages will also be available at the time of surgery.

Help keep the Portland’s cat population under control. When there are too many kittens, too many of them wind up as feral cats or worse. Call 800-345-7729 for more details and to find out if your family qualifies for free services.

4. Show off your catio

Does your cat frolic in a catio? Maybe they (or you) are envious of your neighbor’s setup, complete with a tunnel or live trees? The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon seeks the purrfect catios to feature in its fourth annual Catio Tour on September 10.

From functional to fancy, all submissions in the Portland metro area are encouraged, so please consider being a catio host or share this post with a friend who has a great catio. It’s a lot of fun, and this one-day effort will directly result in a safer environment for many animals for years to come.

Register online.

5. Peninsula Pool to open June 14

Another summer of swimming and other aquatic activities will kick off this month at the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) pools.  Opening day for PP&R’s outdoor pools, including Peninsula Pool, is Tuesday, June 14.  Parents who want to enroll their children in swimming lessons should act now.

Swim lessons are available for all age groups and ability levels.  Most sessions include 10 lessons for $52.50.  There is also a free Learn to Swim session June 14-17.  Free lesson registration is walk-in-only on Saturday, June 11 from 8-11:30 a.m. at your neighborhood pool.

As part of the PP&R Summer Free For All, free open play swim sessions are offered throughout the summer at pools across the city. Click here for schedules.

Peninsula Pool for more details at (503)823-3677.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 27)

1) Air toxics in Overlook
2) Community engagement grants available
3) A play about Vanport
4) Spring dance performance (June 5)
5) Adult bike riding skills class (June 4)

1) Air toxics in Overlook

At the Overlook Neighborhood Associations general meeting, residents heard about the air quality issues confronting Overlook and all of Portland. Presenters included Eastside Portland Air Coalition, Neighbors for Clean Air and Sustainable Overlook’s Mulysa Melco.

Read a full report about the meeting on the OKNA website. It includes information about testing services for soil and other resources.

2) Community engagement grants available

The Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program with the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is providing one-time small grants for community engagement and capacity building projects for community-based organizations led by or serving people of color, immigrants and refugees.

This grant project expands upon the existing DCL program which currently serves six larger community-based organizations providing a broader range of community engagement and leadership development services. ONI has identified a gap in services meeting the needs of smaller, emerging and/or mostly volunteer-led community-based organizations and/or Mutual Assistance Associations (MAAs).

Project requests may be for up to $5,000 and the total available is $63,000.

Learn more online including application requirements. The application deadline is Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m.

3) A play about Vanport

CottonwoodPlayA part of the Vanport Mosaic Festival, local artists are putting on fully staged production of “Cottonwood in the Flood” by Rich Rubin at Overlook’s Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (5340 N Interstate Ave.). The play portrays the African American experience in 1940s  Oregon focusing on the rapid rise – and even more rapid fall – of the city of Vanport. The Vanport flood was one of the defining moments of Portland history, and it still has repercussions today, especially in North Portland.

The play premiered on Thursday and will run through June 12. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. A talk-back panel follows the Sunday shows.

Purchase tickets online or at the IFCC box one hour before curtain. 

4) Spring dance performance (June 5)

Portland’s The Aspire Project will put on its spring dance performance “There’s no business like show business” in North Portland at Jefferson High School on Sunday, June 5. Admission is free.

aspireThe Aspire Project is a non-profit, outreach dance organization providing year-round quality ballet, tap and jazz dance classes to financially disadvantaged students who are genuinely interested in the arts and whose families and schools cannot provide such opportunities. They accomplish this through non-tuition based after-school program in partnership with Multnomah County’s SUN Community Schools and classes offered with sliding scale tuition rates and scholarship opportunities in their dance studio in North Portland.

By making the arts accessible, Aspire strives to serve our community and under-served youth, promote their physical health and motivate them to believe they can accomplish whatever they aspire to become. Aspire strives to create early positive experiences that are equally accessible for all North Portland children. Through weekly structured classes, their programs help reduce obesity risk among low-income youth and increase developmental accomplishments.

There’s no business like show business
Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Jefferson High School (5210 N Kerby Ave.)

5) Adult bike riding skills class (June 4)

Summ07OaksTrailIs the road beckoning but you’re not sure you’re ready? This adult-oriented course will get you up to speed. The first part of the workshop focuses on the rules of the road and on-the-bike technique like signaling, shifting and braking. The second half will have you venturing out to practice these skills, and take a short and easy ride around town so you can flex your new skills and we can explore the wonderful world of two-wheeled Portland.

Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench will lead the class. Tori is a certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, frequent contributor to Bicycling Magazine, experienced bike mechanic, and a dynamic and engaging skills trainer.

Please bring your bike, helmet, water, a snack, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. If it’s been a while since you’ve pushed the pedals, please bring your bike to a local bike shop for a safety check before the class/ride.

Pre-registration is required to jeff.smith@portlandoregon.gov.

Portland by Cycle skills class
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
PCC Climb Center (SE Water Avenue and Clay Street)

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Air toxics in Overlook

At the Overlook Neighborhood Association May general meeting, residents heard presentations from two of the community-based nonprofits currently leading the way on Portland’s air quality issues.

Eastside Portland Air Coalition supports adequately funded, health-based air toxics regulation and enforcement based on the precautionary principle. Moving forward, their priories are that health must come first, that polluters must bear the burden of proof and that transparency is mandatory. Continue reading

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 21)

1) N Willamette Blvd. closure starting Monday
2) ITAP committee seeks members

1) N Willamette Blvd. closure starting Monday

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that replacement of a viaduct supporting N Willamette Boulevard on the Willamette Bluffs will require a lane closure and bus detour starting Monday, May 23 for three to four months.

DetourMapThe northwest-bound lane of N Willamette Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, all hours, all days, from N Bryant Street to N Fowler Avenue. Northwest-bound bike traffic will be detoured to the adjacent sidewalk, which will be shared with people walking.

The southeast-bound lane of N Willamette Boulevard will remain open, though the lane will be shifted to the left in the work zone. The southeast-bound bike lane will remain open, providing a 5-foot wide lane separated from people driving by plastic wands.

The replacement will bring the roadway up to current seismic safety codes and make it more resilient to landslides. The work will replace an aging concrete viaduct that supports part of the roadway. About 200 feet of structure will be replaced or strengthened, and another 100 feet of guardrail will be replaced.

Northwest-bound motor vehicle traffic, including bus traffic will be detoured around the area. Northwest-bound motor vehicles in the area should go north on N Greeeley Ave, then west on N Lombard St, to south on N Portsmouth Ave and back to N Willamette Blvd.

Learn more on the project website.

2) ITAP committee seeks members

The Information Technology Advancement Project (ITAP) is a Bureau of Development Services sponsored information technology project to upgrade the City’s legacy development review and case management software system and move the City to an online and paperless development review and inspection process. The new software system will provide improved online access for the general public and efficiencies for applicants and City staff involved in plan review, inspections, and case management of development review projects. The Bureau of Development Services is working in partnership with the other City development review bureaus (Bureau of Environmental Services, Water Bureau, Fire & Rescue, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Portland Bureau of Transportation) involved in the development review process. For more information about the project please visit the ITAP webpage.

The ITAP Customer Advisory Committee is a citizen advisory committee, comprised of approximately 12 members who represent a variety of interests. Generally, membership will consist of individuals from each of the following professions or interests: architect, developer, engineer, permit/land use consultant, contractor, neighborhood representative, and trades. The role of the committee may include:

  • Assisting with identifying problems with current business processes to consider for fixing in the new permit system or that are unrelated to information technology and that we can work to fix in advance of implementation
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on proposed work flow and processes for the new permit system
  • Providing input on the citizen web portal and application submittal process
  • Feedback on prioritization of work to include in the project
  • Providing input on different options for changes to business practices

The committee is currently seeking two (2) additional members. In particular, the committee seeks representatives from:

  • Surveying Companies
  • Mid to Large-Sized Construction Companies
  • City residents interested in neighborhood safety and livability issues related to new construction and remodeling projects
  • Neighborhood Association Members
  • Plumbing Contractors
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Architects

Project Manager, Rebecca Sponsel emphasizes, “We really need to hear from you, our customers, about your needs with the automated services that ITAP will be providing.

The Committee will meet at least quarterly and at times more frequently during project implementation (through 2018) at the 1900 Fourth Avenue Building. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 8, from 3-4 p.m. in room 4A.

View a list of the current members

If you would like to be considered for membership on the ITAP Customer Advisory Committee, please fill out the application and send to:

Bureau of Development Services
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, OR  97201

Or email:

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Overlook to discuss air quality

The Overlook Neighborhood Association May general meeting will feature a discussion about air quality and toxins. Given the recent reports of elevated toxin levels, come with your questions about how to keep Overlook healthy.

OKNA General Meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Kaiser Town Hall Building (3704 N Interstate Ave.)

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 13)

1) Learn about renters rights
2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)
3) Movies concerts and more in Portland Parks this summer
4) Ride of Silence – North Portland (May 18)
5) The best of Portland is in Overlook
6) Friends of Overlook House 10th anniversary celebration (May 20)
7) Openings on Portland Noise Review Board

1) Learn about renters rights

Multnomah County Library will host several Renters Rights Workshops in coming months. Know the law so you can protect yourself. Understand your rights and responsibilities at all stages of the renting process — searching for a home, filling out applications, paying deposits and fees, getting repairs made, moving out and more.

For a complete list of times and locations, visit their website.

And mark your calendars now for the June Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting and social on June 21 at Lucky Lab. We’ll share community and discuss renters rights and remaining a welcoming neighborhood for all residents.

2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) continues to prepare for disaster. Next Saturday, join the team as it scouts potential  locations for a staging area around the Omaha blocks. Meet at the intersection of Killingsworth and Omaha. During the scouting, the team will take notes on possible sites and challenges. Bring your gear, your walking shoes and your questions.

Omaha blocks staging search
Saturday, May 14, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at N Killingsworth Street and Omaha Avenue

3) Movies concerts and more in Portland Parks this summer

Pull out the picnic baskets because it’s time for Summer Free For All (SFFA) season again in Portland.  SFFA combines 250 concerts, movies, daytime playground activities and lunch, and swimming lessons in parks – all for free, all across Portland. The goal of the program is to empower Portlanders to create and cultivate community by providing free, accessible, family-friendly summer activities that celebrate our city’s growing cultural diversity.

View a full schedule online and plan to attend the movie in Overlook Park on Sunday, Sept. 4, when we’ll show Wizard of Oz.

4) Ride of Silence – North Portland (May 18)

Join communities across the globe in leading a Portland-based Ride of Silence to recognize neighbors, families and friends who have been injured or killed while riding bicycles.

Participants of all abilities are invited to join the procession. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the southeast corner of Arbor Lodge Park (N Delaware and Dekum). A brief ceremony remembering family and loved-ones who lost their lives while riding their bicycle will be held, followed by ride protocol and safety instructions. The ride will return to Arbor Lodge Park around 7:30 and will not exceed 12 mph. Participants must wear helmets, are encouraged to bring headlights and taillights, and are invited to consider wearing:

  • Names of riders you are riding in memory of printed and pinned to your back
  • Black and/or red shirts, ribbons, arm bands, etc. Wear black to honor a cyclist who was killed, and red for one that was injured by a motorist.

Learn more at rideofsilence.org.

Ride of Silence – North Portland
Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Meet at southeast corner of Arbor Lodge Park

5) The best of Portland is in Overlook

Voting in Willamette Week’s annual Best of Portland is underway. Support Overlook businesses on the ballot: Miho Izakiya, Eisenhower Bagels, and Blooming Moon Spa. Vote online.

6) Friends of Overlook House 10th anniversary celebration (May 20)

Don’t forget to visit the Overlook House next Friday (May 20), 6-9 p.m., for the Friends of Overlook House 10th anniversary celebration. There will be complimentary appetizers, no-host wine and beer, and “The Overlook” signature cocktail. A local jazz trio will provide entertainment, and there will be free childcare for ages 3 and older. A grand raffle drawing will occur at 8. Proceeds go to Friends of Overlook House to maintain this jewel of the neighborhood.

Overlook House Celebration and Fundraiser
Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.)

7) Openings on Portland Noise Review Board

Portland’s volunteer Noise Review Board has two open positions, available beginning June 1, for a construction representative and community member at-large.

The Noise Review Board engages the community around issues related to garbage trucks, construction, and special events to strike a balance between noise-generating activities and the desire for livable communities. The board also reviews applications for noise variances, in which members of the public ask to vary the code for projects and special events.

The board is comprised of five members, including three community member at large positions, a representative from the construction industry, and a professional in the field of acoustics. Volunteers serve on the board for three-year terms, and members may serve a maximum of two terms. The Noise Review Board meets once a month, on the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Applications are available online and must be received by Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (May 7)

1) Neighborhood cleanup a huge success
2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)
3) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training
4) Portland Community Equality Act (May 12)
5) Budget hearing update (May 12)

1) Neighborhood cleanup a huge success

Neighborhood Cleanup Crew 2016

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who contributed their time and energy on April 30 to help clean up Overlook Neighborhood. More than 20 adults showed up to lend their time and energy to the annual cleanup event. Five-month old Grace Miho motivated the team with her smile and blue eyes.

The volunteers started at the Concord pedestrian bridge over N Going Street and fanned out from there. Some picked up trash along Going between N Interstate Avenue to N Greeley Avenue. Several removed graffiti along the bridge crossing the railroad tracks to Swan Island. And still others focused on trimming back Himalayan blackberries that had grown over the Going sidewalk.

Moving much of that material was made easy with the help of Chris Radcliffe’s golf cart—thank you Chris.

Volunteers collected 1.17 tons of garbage, including needles and human excrement, and 12 cubic yards of plant material.

As a small token of appreciation, all volunteers received an organic tomato start grown by Overlook neighbor, Mulysa Melco from Resilience Design.

Thank you to sponsors: the Graffiti Abatement Program, Metro, North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook Neighborhood Association, Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Swan Island Business Association. Thank you also to Grand Central Bakery for providing pastries to keep the team fueled.

And special thanks to OKNA board member Cynthia Sulaski for coordinating the cleanup.

Click here to see more photos from the cleanup.

2) Omaha blocks staging area walkaround (May 14)

Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) continues to prepare for disaster. Next Saturday, join the team as it scouts potential  locations for a staging area around the Omaha blocks. Meet at the intersection of Killingsworth and Omaha. During the scouting, the team will take notes on possible sites and challenges. Bring your gear, your walking shoes and your questions.

Omaha blocks staging search
Saturday, May 14, 9-11 a.m.
Meet at N Killingsworth Street and Omaha Avenue

3) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training

Are you prepared for a disaster? Are you willing to help your neighbors when disaster strikes? Portland will kick off a basic NET training program that runs for three session plus a final field exercise.  Trainees will meet all day on May 14 and 21, and for a couple of hours on June 4. The final field exercise options are June 5, 11 and 12.

Please note: you must live or work in the City of Portland in order to participate. NET training classes are free of charge. The training will take place in Northeast Portland; the exact location is provided only after you sign up for the class.

There are a few forms to fill out in order to sign up. Find all of the details at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management website.

4) Portland Community Equality Act (May 12)

Portland is one of the last major cities with an at-large commissioner form of government . Some residents hope to change that. Learn more about their efforts at an information meeting on Thursday. If you can’t make it, check out the next issue of Overlook Views, which will be delivered soon.

Portland Community Equality Act – Information Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 6-7 p.m.
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (4815 NE 7th Ave.)

5) Budget hearing update (May 12)

A few weeks ago we mentioned the city’s upcoming budget hearings. The time for the May 12 hearing has been changed. If you want to tell City Council how to spend your tax dollars, your chance is:

Budget hearing
Thursday, May 12, 5:30-9 p.m.
City Council Chambers, (1221 SW 4th Ave.)



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Overlook Neighborhood Update (April 29)

1) Annual Neighborhood Cleanup (Saturday)
2) Apply for housing preference
3) Portland Harbor Community Outreach Grants Available
4) TriMet Bike Plan
5) ADU tax heartburn reduced
6) Local youth programming (May 14)
7) Better Naito is back
8) OKNA Board Meeting (May 3)

1) Annual Neighborhood Cleanup (Saturday)

We’re still celebrating Earth Day in Overlook. Join us on Saturday for the annual neighborhood cleanup. We will meet at the PIttman HydroPark (Concord Avenue just north of Going Street) for registration and breakfast munchies tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. Then we’ll split up into teams to spiff up Going Street down to Swan Island and parts of Interstate Avenue.

The first 50 volunteers will receive a beautiful organic tomato start grown by Mulysa Melco of Resilience Design and the opportunity to get rid of any personal bulky waste too big to fit into your trash can. Please don’t bring any hazardous, construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage or residential yard debris; or recyclables that can be collected at curbside.

Special thanks to our partners, the Swan Island Business Association and Metro.

Neighborhood Cleanup
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.
Pittman HydroPark

2) Apply for housing preference

As part of the City’s initiative in North and Northeast Portland to address the community impact of involuntary displacement, the Portland Housing Bureau has unveiled a preference policy that will prioritize impacted households for the rental housing and homeownership programs it funds in the area. In May, longtime residents who have experienced or are now facing displacement will be able to apply to receive preference for new homeownership opportunities.

The Portland Housing Bureau will accept applications for preference May 2-13. The application is available online at the Housing Bureau’s website, as well as from eleven sites throughout the Portland Metro area (a full list of application sites is available here).

Anyone who wants more should contact the Housing Bureau by calling the application helpline at 503-823-4147 or via email at PHBwaitlist@portlandoregon.gov. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at www.portlandoregon.gov/PHB

3) Portland Harbor Community Outreach Grants Available

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services seeks to provide funding to local community based organizations that engage with underrepresented communities. These community outreach grants are intended to help raise awareness on the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup and to help increase participation in the upcoming Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comment period. The 60-day comment period will start once the EPA’s Proposed Plan has been released, which we anticipate in early May 2016. More information on the grant application process can be found here. If you have any questions please contact grant manager Tonya Stephens at 503-823-4883.

4) TriMet Bike Plan

Next week, TriMet will host open houses to discuss the TriMet Bike Plan, a roadmap that will help guide future investments in biking infrastructure and amenities.

Monday, May 2
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Oregon Rail Heritage Center
2250 SE Water Ave.
Join the Facebook event

NE Portland
Thursday, May 5
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Velo Cult
1969 NE 42nd Ave.
Join the Facebook event

If you can’t make it to an open house, starting May 2, you’ll be able to view the Bike Plan online and submit feedback.

5) ADU tax heartburn reduced

Oregon Department of Revenue issued a draft rule that steers Multnomah County away from the  ‘rezoning’ interpretation. This draft rule explicitly forbids county assessors from classifying a property as ‘rezoned’ when an ADU or any other accessory structure is added. This DOR rule supersedes the interpretation that had caused detached ADUs to trigger a property reassessment — the interpretation that has caused a dramatic ADU development chilling effect in Portland in the last 6 months.

Learn more.

6) Local youth programming (May 14)

cabcardThe Bethel Youth Drop-In Center has provided support for the youth in the North Portland area for more than 25 years. It has been a consistent resource for not only child care, but also caring for children’s needs. This program has provided children of the neighborhood with a safe space where they are encouraged to learn, practice age appropriate behaviors, and live a healthy and safe lifestyle.  Elementary school students have had the support in both an afternoon program during the school year and in an 8-hour-a-day summer camp program. Three years ago, the summer program was expanded to include middle school age children in a Youth Leadership Camp.

Student fees cover some of the costs, but support from the community and other organizations provides the majority. Bethel has yet to turn away any child for lack of funds.

The upcoming Cabaret and Cabernet event is a chance to celebrate the joy and beauty of the neighborhood and its children while raising funds for the youth programs.  Virtuosa Jazz Singer Lady Kat headlines the entertainment.  Call Bethel Lutheran for tickets – 503-285-4919.

Cabaret and Cabernet
Saturday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church (5658 N Denver Ave.)

7) Better Naito is back

Better Naito returns to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

From May 2 to July 31, during all hours of the day, one northbound traffic lane from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street will be converted to a multi-use path for two-way walking and bicycling.

From July 1 to July 4 ONLY, the lane conversion will extend from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park.

Data collected during the 2015 Better Naito found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. The travel time from the half mile stretch of SW Clay to SW Stark increased the most during peak travel hours 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., with typical increases in motor vehicle travel times during peak hours between 45 seconds and one minute. The full report can be found on the Better Naito website.

8) OKNA Board Meeting (May 3)
The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will hold its May meeting on Tuesday. View the agenda.

OKNA Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Drive)

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